A lot of Cubans living in Havana are considered illegal in their own country due to a law that prohibits Cubans from rural parts of the country to move to the capital.
An Irish postman was able to deliver a letter with no written address, but had a hand-drawn map of the delivery area with “Here please” written on an arrow pointing to an illustration of a lighthouse. The letter had been sent by a blogger who regularly challenged the postal service.
A French writer had a pet lobster he would take for walks in Paris. He used a blue silk ribbon as a leash. He called them “peaceful, serious creatures” and that they didn’t “bark” or “gnaw upon one’s monadic privacy” like dogs did.
In 1942 the song “Deep in the Heart of Texas” was banned by BBC during working hours on the grounds that its infectious melody might cause wartime factory-hands to neglect their tools while they clapped in time with the song.
An Arizona man found a balloon with a Christmas list for Santa while out hiking. He tracked down the 8-yr-old Mexican girl who released the balloon and fulfilled her wishlist.
Audi had to use more durable horns in Indian-market cars, as their normal horns would have been unable to cope with the amount of honking Indian drivers do.
North Korea stole hundreds of Volvo cars, buses, and tractors in the 1970s, and many of them are still in use today.
In 1961 Ronald Reagan released a spoken-word album warning against socialized medicine.
In WWII, an Australian soldier removed his own appendix in the middle of a Philippine jungle in 1944, without any anaesthetic and with only the use of a mirror and an ordinary knife. The operation took 4 and a half hours and he stitched himself up with jungle fibre.
Following the end of the war, McLaren was discharged from the AIF and transferred to the Reserve of Officers List in early 1946. Following this he became a government veterinarian in New Guinea. He remained in this role until 1956 when he began growing coffee, buying a plantation at Wau. On 3 March 1956, McLaren was accidentally killed when rotted timber fell on him near his home after he backed a vehicle against a dead tree.
A 3 year old genius girl was accepted into Mensa. The doctors who tested Alexis said she tested so high, they couldn’t even calculate her IQ score. They say she is smarter than 99.9% of the world. Alexis started reading at two and taught herself Spanish via her parents’ iPad.